In Texas, Asbestos been used in the petroleum industry in everything from pipe insulation to gaskets to the clothes workers wore. Asbestos causes cancer when breathed into the lungs, often in the form of Mesothelioma.
The fire benefits of asbestos were such that their use in Texas did not stop with the petroleum industry. The substance was used in building materials for homes, schools and buildings.
The state of Texas is in the top 10 when it comes to asbestos claims. At last count, it was placed seventh among all the states for the highest number of asbestos lawsuits filed and that number is expected to rise dramatically as the disease progresses.
Ongoing exposure to asbestos fibres leaves a permanent mark on the lungs of a person. It causes scarring of the lung tissue.
The fibres enter the lungs and stay there for the life of the exposed worker. This disease is called asbestosis or mesothelioma. It takes about 20 to 40 years for asbestos symptoms to surface. All those who get asbestosis die – the death rate is 100% – there is no cure to it.
All kinds of asbestos are carcinogens. Children are particularly prone to get asbestosis or mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos. Products like floor tiles, ceiling tiles, sprayed on texture ceilings, pipe wrappings, boiler insulation, fire proofing, roof tiles, roof tar and heaters have asbestos in them.
Since it is extensively used in building constructions, people working in the mining, pipefitting, shipbuilding etc are likely to be affected. In the beginning, the individual may only experience a chronic dry cough which may eventually lead to shortness of breath and chest pain.
An estimated 80% of mesothelioma patients have a long history of asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma, is diagnosed through a chest X-ray, and lung biopsy via a thoracotomy.
If you or a family member has been personally injured because of the fault of someone else: by the use of dangerous and defective drugs, bad products, or toxic injury etc then please contact the Fort Worth Texas Asbestos Mesothelioma Product Liability Attorney Dr. Shezad Malik. For a no obligation, free case analysis, please call 817-255-4001 or Contact Me Online.
The Dr. Shezad Malik Law is currently evaluating and accepting Asbestos Mesothelioma cases.